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Purple Corn as a Superfood

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Purple Corn

Super Food Ingredient #3 – Purple Corn: The Pretty Purple Plant (As in Purple Corn Raw Kale Chips)

Purple corn is one of the very few purple foods that grow naturally. It’s grown in coastal areas… and up mountains of almost 10,000ft! And, an ancient Hopi prophecy states that when Purple Corn comes to the West, great changes are afoot… Talk about exciting!

The Sciencey Bit

Purple Corn contains Anthocyaninins (an anti-inflammatory compound), deriving from the Greek word “anthos” meaning flower and “kyanos” meaning blue. Anthocyaninins are the reason behind the purple, violet and red colours in many different plants. It also has high antioxidant activity, containing more antioxidants than blueberries (a king of super foods!) A study recently determined that the average Anthocyaninin amount in fresh purple corn was 16.4 mg/g, whilst blueberries contain between 1.3 – 3.8 mg/g. Researchers are looking into the use of purple corn extract as an aid in relieving diabetic complications and fighting various cancers.